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by arachnophilia
Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 32207

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

Similarly, if you give people an MP3 player and put it on random play, then if it plays the same song twice before it plays all the songs (or sometimes if it even plays the same *artist* anywhere close to another song by that artist), then they get the idea that it's biased or non-random. However, ...
by arachnophilia
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 27274

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

retro22 wrote:On my old Win95 machine with dial up I had made the mistake of trying to download a file that was far too large for my machine.... ...It MAY have told me that I had 399 years remaining <_<... Worst. Download. Ever.


that sounds about right for dialup.
by arachnophilia
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 27274

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

i once saw some kind of dialog, i believe on a virus scanner, go from 0%-99% in about 15 seconds, and then spend five hours at 99%.
by arachnophilia
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 186256

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

saywhatman wrote:But anytime /b/ is trolled, even if most of it is from anon and the inside, its funny. And its getting trolled as hell.


maybe i'm misunderstanding something here, but doesn't /b/ exist for the sole purpose of getting trolled?
by arachnophilia
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Who still uses film for photography?
Replies: 11
Views: 2810

Re: Who still uses film for photography?

Wish I could set up a home darkroom... but I'm not exactly living in my own home. Film is my life. I shoot way too much 120 film. it's called "a bathroom." it's what i always used. you need an enlarger/timer/lens, some trays, chemistry, and paper, and not much else. i used some 2x4's with...
by arachnophilia
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Who still uses film for photography?
Replies: 11
Views: 2810

Re: Who still uses film for photography?

I am quite serious in my hobby, having a well setup darkroom to develop as well as print my own photos. I do use digital for some subjects, but a DSLR is no match for a good film camera for detail and permanence. then you're doing it wrong. no offense meant, of course. since switching to digital, i...
by arachnophilia
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: What is Meaning in Art?
Replies: 17
Views: 2620

Re: What is Meaning in Art?

No, no it's not. Contemporary art is 95% bullshit, not about bullshit. sorry, i used imprecise phrasing. i meant that getting along in the contemporary art world is all about bullshit and knowing how. 95% of all art is bullshit (cf. Sturgeon's Law), but museums only hold onto the top 10% (which is ...
by arachnophilia
Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: What is Meaning in Art?
Replies: 17
Views: 2620

Re: What is Meaning in Art?

I do believe some people do have special meanings to their art nah, all the people who really do get told their meanings are trite and cliched sentimentality. you have to make up a good-sound fake reason. or be able to defend your actual position in an eloquent and BS-tastic enough way to convince ...
by arachnophilia
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: What is Meaning in Art?
Replies: 17
Views: 2620

Re: What is Meaning in Art?

I have puzzled over this forever, because my art teachers keep asking for a meaning...and I simply cannot grasp the concept. contemporary art is all about bullshit. i know that'll get a few knee-jerk reactions, but for the most part, it's true. we're very caught up on conceptual art, where the conc...
by arachnophilia
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 67440

Re: "Students" Discussion

i also have the drama geek's dream. i'm getting pushed on stage, and i don't know my lines. but it's never through any fault of my own. it's always because someone forgot to give me a script, or i got handed the part a few seconds prior, etc.

i think it's a metaphor for my life.
by arachnophilia
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fraction
Replies: 41
Views: 5699

you think that's fun, try it backwards
by arachnophilia
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 67352

"scottie doesn't know that fiona and I..."

"I" is a subject, "me" is an object.
by arachnophilia
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wet Riffs
Replies: 90
Views: 22275

i had a discussion with an ex-g/f the other day, involving lightsabres, flash-gun handles, and vibrators, that required me to invoke rule 34. which of course caused her to immediately ask if anyone's done anything worthwhile with wetriffs.com. if she didn't currently live like 1,000 miles away, i'm ...
by arachnophilia
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 34720

Anyone who says velociraptors are less scary with feathers was never scared by a parot as a small child. Seriously, that's like saying zombie clowns are less scary than regular zombies. now, those are issues. i was once bitten by a black swan. man, did THAT hurt. I have to say, velociraptors are mo...
by arachnophilia
Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's ruin Books, Stories, and Films with Knowledge!
Replies: 91
Views: 9761

would someone like to explain the thing with the three sea-shells to me? *snicker* He doesn't know what the three shells are for! *snort* that moive was on TV last night, and i was bored and sleepless enough to watch it. again. One shot of Spidey's web is powerful enough to hold up a cable-car full...
by arachnophilia
Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86008

There's that and the fact that staying awake for long periods of time ("long" depends on the individual; it's an average of about 72 hours) has similar hallucinogenic effects to LSD. I don't remember where I read that, but I'll see if I can find a source to back that up. yes, i recall hea...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's ruin Books, Stories, and Films with Knowledge!
Replies: 91
Views: 9761

would someone like to explain the thing with the three sea-shells to me?

keozen wrote:The door of a car will NOT I repeat NOT stop bullets being fired at you


and cars cannot be blown up by bullets.
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time to update the raptor comics...
Replies: 14
Views: 3890

You know, finding one bone, on one dinosaur that might have had feathers(it could have been something else) does not mean all velociraptors have feathers. After reading the findings closely, claiming that even 1 raptor had feathers was pushing it. Until they have found a statistically viable sample...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86008

alt: small print: this schedule will eventually drive one stark raving mad. i have to disagree. the 48-hour day schedule will (quite quickly) drive one stark raving mad. you get the strange sensation of missing time, like alien abductions or something. Interestingly enough, many accounts of alien a...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 34720

I heard they had definitive proof that the entire raptor family had feathers, establishing an evolutionary link to modern birds. Does that make raptors less scary or birds more scary? god, i really really hate newspapers and their sensationalism. the link between velociraptor and modern birds was k...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86008

QFT. Not the 32 hour one. That's pretty hardcore. it's actually not that a big a deal, if that's what your body is accustomed to it, and you can get away with it job/school-wise. i find 24 hour days a little bizarre. lately, i've been running some longer schedule, but minus the extra sleep, which r...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86008

-Some good blackout curtains i recommend one of those "beauty sleep" type masks. freshman year of college, i had the dorm with two fucking windows, and the streetlamp right outside. and no way to mount curtains. getting one of those seemed easier that taping blackouts to the wall every ni...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 86008

Re: 28-hour day discussion

alt: small print: this schedule will eventually drive one stark raving mad. i have to disagree. the 48-hour day schedule will (quite quickly) drive one stark raving mad. you get the strange sensation of missing time, like alien abductions or something. i've actually held the 28-hour schedule, as we...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Donnie Darko
Replies: 103
Views: 16130

Personally I thought the plot of this movie was absolutely terrible and tries to take something that really isn't all that interesting and make it seem surreal. Which it does actually very effectively. The bizarre image of Frank and the knife scene will stick with me forever and not just because I ...
by arachnophilia
Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pirate Bay filing charges for cracking
Replies: 146
Views: 11943

wow.

i can't find the words.
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Donnie Darko
Replies: 103
Views: 16130

My problem was that I knew this film existed for a long time before seeing it, and thus had everyone telling me how symbolic and mysterious and completely not-understandable it was. people are idiots. "somewhat intelligent and only moderately derivative" to your average viewer becomes &qu...
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 34720

zombies. i have several species of deinonychosaurian dinosaurs that currently live in my backyard, and they're all small and harmless. even so, velociraptor itself was fairly small, size of a big chicken. while it could probably take on prey my size, i'm not sure how will it fair against prey my siz...
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculus should be mandatory.
Replies: 89
Views: 10401

hell, no.

think of all the poor math professors, forced to teach calculus to students who can barely comprehend math for liberal arts!
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

yup. it's really all about knowing how it works, and how to use it to do what you want.

which is sort of what i was getting at: the simpler the tool, the smaller that job becomes. in my opinion and experience, anyways.
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

It's funny how cameras for people who don't understand how cameras work have to be more complex than cameras professionals use. Someone new to photography would have no idea what to do with your fm2n despite it's simpler design. It takes a while to get a feel for how to get good exposure using a ma...
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: spam thread observations
Replies: 474
Views: 70506

Fearbears?! wrote:... The spammers are bots. That's about as funny as prank calling an automated menu phone system.


robots: taking all the fun out of practical jokes since 1986.

personally, i think it would be far more amusing to find ways to spam the spammers. redistribute email addresses, etc.
by arachnophilia
Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"

Actually, the common functions in photoshop used for photo-editing (dodge, burn, unsharp mask, etc.) are direct analogs to darkroom processes. of course. i'm not sure you could say that every function in photoshop is an emulation of a tried and true darkroom technique, but the basic principle appli...
by arachnophilia
Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0318: "Nostalgia"
Replies: 144
Views: 33580

asshammer wrote:It goes without saying its NSFW, unless you've got the most bizarrely awesome job ever


we spent one day at work looking at NSFW pictures people posted of themselves on craigslist.
by arachnophilia
Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"

I *totally* agree. I was really excited about doing the developing myself, but alas, it was not to be. We shot slide film, anyway, and I've heard that's really hard to develop on your own. But I think digital is making it really easy to completely ignore the darkroom, which is too bad. well, it's r...
by arachnophilia
Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wet Riffs
Replies: 90
Views: 22275

I asked my wife, but she seemed to think that "fat-pregnant-guitar-shower-chick" porn was a little bit.... specialized. Her words. i can see why you married that one. LOL maybe we could trick our wives into this... you know: run in the bathroom, throw a guitar at her, and snap a pic right...
by arachnophilia
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wet Riffs
Replies: 90
Views: 22275

Insignificant Deification wrote:I mean, maybe if you get some good photographers...


get me a willing model and an electric guitar.
by arachnophilia
Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hottest songs ever, or "Oh god yes!" put to music.
Replies: 91
Views: 12367

imogen heap - come here boy.

it's just fucking sexy.

The Cosmic Fool wrote:
Jesster wrote:Definitely 'The Hollow' it is so awesome.


I third that.


paz lenchantin's version is awesome.
by arachnophilia
Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"

Just for clarification, the class wasn't completely worthless. It was all 35mm, you had to shoot entirely in manual, but unfortunately there was no darkroom time. I really enjoyed the shooting parts, and learning how to approach a particular shot (what to do to express different things, capture mot...
by arachnophilia
Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's ruin songs with knowledge!
Replies: 782
Views: 67352

Actually, Iron Man, the Marvel Character, was first in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963), while Iron Man, the Song, was first released in 1970. While songs are often created long before they actually appear on an album, it's not generally a span of six or seven years. apparently, the song is being...
by arachnophilia
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: Bitching about my old photography ... "prof"

But if you wanted to take a course in clothes-weaving, wouldn't you expect the teacher to know how a loom works? er, it's not like that, as someone said, but really because the modern camera is a far more complex machine. you can use one effectively without understanding all of the scientific princ...

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